In 2007 NY-based, Brazilian-influenced band Nation Beat was invited to perform at a “world music” festival where they were asked to not play their songs that were in English, specifically their American country songs (the same ones that Willie Nelson sang with them at Farm Aid). This inspired Nation Beat band leader Scott Kettner to bring together musical acts who blur the lines of world music, as well as foster a platform of discussion and debate about this controversial and very vague term.
The series launched in Summer 2009 at the BKLYN Yard with an outdoor festival featuring Forro in the Dark, Nation Beat, Red Baraat Festival and DJ Nickodemus. It is produced by Mehmet Dede (Electric Lila) and Scott Kettner (Nation Beat).
Contact Email: info[at]isamericapartoftheworld[dot]com